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Saturday 18 August 2018

Car-chase victim survives after he's shot in the head

A MAN miraculously escaped with minor injuries after he was shot in the head during a high-speed chase in Tallaght.

The victim and associates were being pursued by members of a Tallaght-based Traveller gang when he was struck in the head by a bullet.

The round entered and exited the lower part of the man's head and he was not seriously injured.

The shooting took place as two cars raced along Cheeverstown Road last Friday evening, shortly after rush hour, forcing other terrified drivers to pull over. A number of shots were fired during the pursuit.

Gardai believe that the shooting is linked to a dispute between two Traveller factions.

The victim is a member of a Bray-based Traveller group. A number of the group are known to gardai.

The shooting incident took place last Friday at 7.30pm along Cheeverstown Road as the gun-wielding gang pursued the victim from the area.

Shocked

A number of shots were fired at the victim's car, with one bullet entering and exiting his head.

The weapon involved has not been discovered and gardai have yet to determine whether a pistol or a shotgun was used in the attack.

A number of shocked motorists witnessed the early evening attack and gardai have asked them to come forward to give their accounts of what happened.

The victim of the attack was brought to Tallaght Hospital by his associates following the shooting but his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening.

"Investigation into the incident are ongoing," a garda spokesperson told the Herald.

No arrests have been made to date.

Anyone with any information on the shooting is asked to contact Tallaght Garda Station at (01) 6666000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

The dispute can be traced back to an incident five years ago, it is believed, when a member of the Bray group attempted to sell drugs to a young member of the Tallaght Traveller gang.

Two members of the Tallaght gang then tracked the suspected dealer down and subjected him to a beating.

There have been a number of incidents involving the two sides over the past five years.

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